Choosing the best blender for smoothies can get a bit techie. After all, blenders are power tools brought in kitchen and you will be face to face with watts, horsepower and amps. Not a very kitchen language, right?
Let’s make it easy and translate bender tech language into kitchen language.
What Makes the Best Blender the Best?
When you are choosing a new blender, you need to look at many features to determine which one is right for you.
Since we are looking for the best blender for smoothies, I will assume you will be using your new blender 3 times a week, blending fresh and frozen fruits, some leafy greens and ice. Maybe veggies as well. I will also assume you want the best value for the money you pay and that, of course, you will be satisfied with the blending it will perform.
To make the research even more broad and thorough, beside using my own experience, as well as my friend’s and family’s, I also went through the summary of 6209 reviews of blenders on ProductReview.com.
It boils down to 4 things you need to know before buying your blender:
- How powerful blender do you need?
- What shape of the blender jar you need?
- What type of control over motor do you want?
- Do you want a glass or plastic blender jar?
Number 1: How Powerful Blender do You Need?
Anyone with a blender knows that inconsistent, chunky blending is a pain in the bottom side. One part of a smoothie-to-be rise to the top of a jar and stay there, while others get liquefied at the bottom.
This unwanted phenomena happen because of 2 factors: power and shape.
Let’s talk about power first.
Blender companies will often state “peak HP” (peak horsepower) in their blender’s specification, just to show off. This is purely a marketing thing and has little to no value to you, as a user.
Let’s elaborate on this: Blender has a motor that spins the blade.
The “peak HP” is the maximum motor output. It’s the maximum power your blender has. However, you never use your blender at “peak HP” because it is not sustainable, working power for a blender.
In other words, if you would use your blender at “peak HP” it is like you would be driving your car at a very top speed all the time – the motor would overheat, fail and broke.
However, because power is one of the main things that defines a good blender, what you want to look at “Watts”, “Volts” and/ or “amps”.
For smoothies, you might get away with low-powered blender – but only if you intend to blend soft, fresh fruits, no ice, no frozen fruits and no leafy greens.
A low-powered blender is not suitable for heavy-duty tasks such as crushing ice or frozen fruit. They may blend soft, fresh fruits well but the consistency will not be even in most cases.
To keep it simple, the higher the number the better.
Higher Watts mean smoother smoothie and longer life of your blender.
For example, a 1560 Watts blender will blend anything you desire in your smoothie, while a 600 Watts blender will struggle with pretty much anything that is not juicy and soft.
Number 2: The Shape of the Blender Jar
The shape of the blender jar is another very important feature in a blender.
If you take all the “Watts” and the “Horsepower” out of a $500 Blendtec blender and use it with the jar from a $20 consumer blender, you won’t end up with a very good result.
Different jar designs work better for blending different things.
For smoothies, you will be probably best off with the Blendtec’s square jar. Blendtec’s square jar design automatically pulls ingredients toward the blade because of the corners that disrupts the blending flow. So instead of creating a vortex and spinning ingredients around in a circle, they hit the flat side of the jar.
A relatively round jar, for example like Vitamix’s, tend to work better with thicker ingredients – nuts, seeds and purees. Thicker ingredients are blended better with vortex.
Number 3: What Type of Control do You Want?
At some point you will have to decide what kind of control do you want over your blender. You can choose between a pre-programmed or a manual speed controls.
I believe, the pre-programmed control blenders have advantages, because they are easier to use – you push one button for each cycle. With pre-programmed control motor, the blender automatically varies the speed during the cycle based on your choice, stops at a specified time and you’re done!
The result is a consistent quality of a smoothie, regardless of who is making it. The speed variation during a specific blend cycle help move the contents around the jar more thoroughly. This way you avoid having to remove jar from the base to shake it or use a tamper to get complete blending.
On the other hand, manual controls allow you to have complete control over your blending with the variable speed dial, as well as low/high-speed switches. Although this allows complete control of the blending, it requires your full attention during the blend cycle.
I personally like the benefits of a bit of extra technology, such as microprocessor controls, where I can walk away from blending doing other things.
Number 4: Glass or Plastic Jar?
For safety reasons, I would recommend plastic jugs only. Why?
Blenders are powerful tools. With high- speed blades and high horsepower motors, glass isn’t the safest option.
If a spoon or knife, were accidentally left in the blender, a glass jar could shatter and potentially cause an injury. Using plastic is a much safer option to avoid injuries, breakage or chipped glass that can, god-forbid, end up in your smoothie .
Other things that you may want to consider before buying your blender is also the durability of a blender, the noise and the price you are willing to pay.
How Durable Is The Blender?
A good blender should last years – Blendtec, for example, has an 8 year warranty. Vitamix has a 7 year warranty.
Lower-end blenders ware out their blades fast (8 to 12 months) because they were not built for the jobs they are being used for.
The durability of your blender depends on:
- what will go into it – in our case fruits, veggies and ice,
- how often you will use it – 3 times a week,
- what you are willing to pay for it.
Blenders can be durable, but an entry-level model enduring heavy use,
which crushing ice or frozen fruits is, is not going to survive.
How Much Noise Does A Blender Make?
No matter how powerful, expensive or basic – blenders are loud; it’s part of the deal.
The Best Blender For Smoothie Is…
From 6209 reviews and experience, buying a lower end blender built for basic tasks is a great way to waste your money. A blender is an appliance where you can end up spending more by spending less.
From reading some the reviews, I noticed a lot of people were buying cheaper blenders for more heavy-duty use. These blenders did not perform as well and also wore out much quicker. Invest in a good blender that will blend any smoothie you desire and serve you for years.
You may start with smoothies but honestly, blenders are an amazing gadget to have and you’ll quickly find yourself blending soups, cheese cakes, muffins and nuts.
It took my mom 7 months of blender research and another 2 months before she was ready to swallow up the $700 price tag.
10 years later, she’s happy as Larry with that same blender.
You read the article this far, which only means you already did your blender research and are seriously thinking about getting yourself a shiny new blender. You also, probably, have a model or two that you feel wound work like a charm.
Allow me to put you in ease: you did a very good research. You cannot go wrong with either of them. They are high-power, reliable, durable machines that will handle your smoothies like a pro.
If you intend to blend it pays up to pay up.
My personal favorite for smoothies is Blendtec simply because of it’s square jar that I think work best for smoothies and pre-programmed controls. Never had any issues or chunks.
So here’s the number 1 blender for smoothies:
Want to know more? Read about Blendtec Total Classic Original blender.
I hope you found the information that is useful to you. If you have any questions, want to share your experience or just chat on this topic, write a comment below. I’d love to hear your point of view!
Till next time,